Tunis was one of the most fascinating cities of my trip. Though I had previously read about the interaction between the traditional and French colonialist architectures in North Africa, Tunis was my first time seeing it in person. I loved the contrast between the wide Avenue de France, complete with its streetcars, embassies, and train station, and the winding streets of the Casbah. The ubiquitous portraits of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, especially adorning roundabouts, reminded me of the billboards of Daniel Ortega’s smiling face in Managua. Little did I know that the Tunisian signs would be torn down within a month. On the day I left the country, a vendor known as Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire as a protest against the government, and the rest is history.

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  1. Carol Williamson says:

    Yikes!! The pattern of having disasters of one kind or another following your departure from a location continues!

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